ESPA at The Europe, is a stunning resort spa on the shores of Killarney’s Lough Lein captures the beauty and serenity of this most enchanting corner of Ireland. The spa has been designed to be in perfect balance with the nature of its environment, each relaxation space created to take advantage of the landscape, a peaceful haven in which to awaken the senses and relax the mind.
From reception the path divides in two directions – male and female. The respective paths round the form of the treatment rooms to frame a view of the mountains and lake beyond. Along this passage light is scoped from above. Contrasting light and dark also contributes to this play with the deep textured slate giving way to the brighter areas of locker, vanity and treatment rooms. Here walls are washed with slivers of light where the ceilings come away from the walls, creating a changing scene throughout the day.
The passage continues to the relaxation and heat experience areas where the materiality creates little differentiation between inside and out. These rooms are viewed as ‘patios’ within the garden facing the majestic mountains beyond. It is meant as a personal experience between the building user and the landscape.